Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
The service people there have all been very warm and proper. The experience was excellent. I tried another Alila resort later in Bali, where the service was just 'ordinary' for a high-end resort. It was very impressive to feel the truly personal touch from the service at Alila Villas Uluwatu. We tried three journeys from the resort - the Journey to Enlightenment provides deep understanding of the local religion culture, and Journey to the Beach provides an unforgettable half-day trip in the fishing boat on the Indian Ocean. You don't need to worry about anything on the journeys. They've all prepared well for you.
We discovered Alila branch hotels long time ago when we went to discover the Alila Hua Hin , since we are addicted ! The design is really photogenic !
The architecture of the hotel is amazing with a breathtaking view!
We were looking fir a real break and it was a success !
They were friendly to us and to our young child , the service was very satisfying !
Many of our friends got married in this hotel , it was magic!
The cuisine was nice and we love the privacy of each villa, and it was perfectly built with a breeze when we were sitting in our pavilion .
We are always sceptical with big hotel but it was a delightful surprise !
We totally recommend this hotel for couple and for families !
We stayed at Alila for 6 nights in a one bedroom villa. The design of the hotel is so beautiful and our villa was just gorgeous! The villas are incredibly clean and well serviced. The spa products and toiletries are a really nice touch. We particularly loved the daybed with sliding doors opening directly to the pool.
The food was consistently great, we went to the Warung for Indonesian, Cire for more western food and also Quila for something a little different and we loved them all. I particularly liked the breakfasts - portions are intentionally small so you can order from a wide selection that changes daily.
I tried the spa twice and it was great too.
Yoga in the morning was a wonderful way to start the day and the instructor was great.
We particularly loved the staff, everyone is very friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
The only comment I would make more from confusion rather than it greatly negatively affecting our stay would be the 24/7 butler service. There are three tiers of butler service you are asked to choose from prior to your stay (private, discrete and indulgent). We chose the discrete level however it was a little too discrete as once our butler showed us around the room when we arrived we didn’t see or hear from him again. Maybe that is what is counted as discrete? it would have been helpful to have some more information about this and what each level entails prior to selecting.
Overall, this place is amazing and I highly recommend it! It is one of the most beautiful places I have stayed around the world.
Incredible views and friendly staffs..The weather also perfect for relax in here, never bored with this view. We enjoyed villas and pool. Spa treatment also very nice.. you can totally relax.. just book it and come.. you won’t disappoint ‘n
Clean villas, excellent service in picturesque and blissful setting. They have one of best infinity pool with great view of Indian ocean in background. Only thing they could do better is adding more options to thier vegetarian menu.